verb (used without object), came, come, com·ing.
verb (used with object), came, come, com·ing.
- to come to pass; happen.
- Nautical. to tack.
- Also come upon. to find or encounter, especially by chance: I came across this picture when I was cleaning out the attic. We suddenly came upon a deer while walking in the woods.
- Informal. to make good one's promise, as to pay a debt, do what is expected, etc.: to come across with the rent.
- to be understandable or convincing: The moral of this story doesn't come across.
- Informal. to make a particular impression; comport oneself: She comes across as a very cold person.
- to accompany someone, attend as part of a group: He didn't come along on the last trip.
- to proceed, develop, or advance sufficiently or successfully: The new project was coming along quite smoothly.
- to appear; emerge as a factor or possibility: Even if another job comes along this summer, I won't take it.
- to recover consciousness; revive.
- to change one's opinion, decision, etc., especially to agree with another's.
- to visit: Come around more often.
- to cease being angry, hurt, etc.
- to arrive at; attain.
- to rush at; attack: The watchdog came at the intruder.
- to return, especially to one's memory: It all comes back to me now.
- to return to a former position or state.
- to talk back; retort: to come back with a witty remark.
- to lose wealth, rank, etc.; be reduced in circumstances or status.
- to be handed down by tradition or inheritance.
- to be relayed or passed along from a source of higher rank or authority: The general's orders will come down tomorrow.
- Slang. to take place; happen.
- Slang. to lose one's euphoria, enthusiasm, or especially the effects of a drug high.
- to voice one's opposition to: She came down on increased spending and promised to cut the budget.
- to reprimand; scold: He came down on me for getting to work late.
- to enter.
- to arrive.
- to come into use or fashion.
- to begin to produce or yield: The oil well finally came in.
- to be among the winners: His horse came in and paid 5 to 1.
- to finish in a race or any competition, as specified: Our bobsled team came in fifth.
- to acquire; get.
- to inherit: He came into a large fortune at the age of 21.
- Also come upon. to meet or find unexpectedly.
- to make progress; develop; flourish.
- to appear on stage; make one's entrance.
- to begin; appear: The last showing will be coming on in a few minutes.
- Informal. (used chiefly in the imperative) to hurry; begin: Come on, before it rains!
- Informal. (as an entreaty or attempt at persuasion) please: Come on, go with us to the movies.
- Slang. to try to make an impression or have an effect; present oneself: She comes on a bit too strong for my taste.
- Slang. to make sexual advances: a Lothario who was always coming on with the women at the office.
- to be published; appear.
- to become known; be revealed.
- to make a debut in society, the theater, etc.
- to end; terminate; emerge: The fight came out badly, as both combatants were injured.
- to make more or less public acknowledgment of being homosexual.
- to speak, especially to confess or reveal something.
- to make available to the public; bring out: The publisher is coming out with a revised edition of the textbook.
- to happen to; affect: What's come over him?
- to change sides or positions; change one's mind: He was initially against the plan, but he's come over now.
- to visit informally: Our neighbors came over last night and we had a good chat.
- come(def 29).
- Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to head toward the wind; come to.
- to endure or finish successfully.
- Informal. to do as expected or hoped; perform; succeed: We knew you'd come through for us.
- Informal. to experience religious conversion.
- to recover consciousness.
- to amount to; total.
- Nautical. to take the way off a vessel, as by bringing her head into the wind or anchoring.
- to fit into a category or classification: This play comes under the heading of social criticism.
- to be the province or responsibility of: This matter comes under the State Department.
- to be referred to; arise: The subject kept coming up in conversation.
- to be presented for action or discussion: The farm bill comes up for consideration next Monday.
- to approach; near: A panhandler came up to us in the street.
- to compare with as to quantity, excellence, etc.; match; equal: This piece of work does not come up to your usual standard.
- (of an anchor) to begin to drag.
- (of an object) to move when hauled upon.
- to happen; occur.
- to reach the end; acquit oneself: to come off with honors.
- to be given or completed; occur; result: Her speech came off very well.
- to succeed; be successful: The end of the novel just doesn't come off.
Origin of come
British Dictionary definitions for come again
verb comes, coming, came or come (mainly intr)
- to pretend; act a part
- to exaggerate
- (often foll by over) to try to impose (upon)
- to divulge a secret; inform the police
noun taboo, slang
Word Origin for come
Idioms and Phrases with come again (1 of 2)
What did you say? as in Come again? I can't believe you said that. This expression takes the literal meaning of the phrase—return—to ask someone to repeat a statement, either because it wasn't heard clearly or because its truth is being questioned. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with come again (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with come
- come about
- come across
- come again?
- come alive
- come along
- come a long way
- come and get it
- come and go
- come apart at the seams
- come around
- come at
- come back
- come between
- come by
- come clean
- come down
- come down on
- come down the pike
- come down to
- come down with
- comedy of errors
- come forward
- come from
- come from behind
- come full circle
- come hell or high water
- come home to roost
- come in
- come in for
- come in from the cold
- come in handy
- come in out of the rain, know enough to
- come into
- come of
- come of age
- come off
- come off it
- come on
- come one's way
- come on in
- come on strong
- come on to
- come out
- come out ahead
- come out for
- come out in the wash, it will
- come out of
- come out of nowhere
- come out of the closet
- come out with
- come over
- come round
- come through
- come to
- come to a halt
- come to a head
- come to an end
- come to blows
- come to grief
- come to grips with
- come to life
- come to light
- come to mind
- come to no good
- come to nothing
- come to one's senses
- come to pass
- come to terms
- come to that
- come to the point
- come to the same thing
- come to think of it
- come true
- come under
- come unglued
- come up
- come up against
- come up in the world
- come upon
- come up roses
- come up to
- come up with
- come what may
- come with the territory
- bigger they come
- cross a bridge when one comes to it
- dream come true
- easy come, easy go
- first come, first served
- full circle, come
- get one's comeuppance
- (come) to the point
- how come
- if the mountain won't come to Muhammad
- if worst comes to worst
- know enough to come in out of the rain
- make a comeback
- of age, come
- on the scene, come
- out of nowhere, come
- push comes to shove
- ship comes in, when one's
- till the cows come home
- what goes around comes around
- when it comes down to
Also see undercoming.